The Circle of HOPE (2018): "The Demoscene: How Software Piracy Birthed an Underground Art Scene" (DVD)
Saturday, July 21, 2018: 11:00 pm (Vaughan): Have you ever used old, pirated software and found it came with an "extra" introduction from the person who broke the copy protection? Have you ever watched a music video stored entirely in mere kilobytes of space? There’s a whole community of individuals called the Demoscene trying to make art under extreme limitations, whether it be 3D graphics on an 8-bit Atari, or CD-quality music playback on a Commodore 64. This presentation will explain how that scene came to be, what it consists of now, and of course you’ll see some example demos!
Immediately after the Demoscene talk, Inverse Phase will commandeer the big screen for two hours of the most mind-bending demoscene productions ever created by hackers from around the globe. Take a trip through the evolution of demos (an underground art scene born out of software piracy) from the scene’s early beginnings in the mid 1980s, to the golden era of demos in the 1990s, and the modern era where we ended up! Expect a chill vibe with brief introductions of each demo as they play on the big screen. If you’ve never seen this stuff, you really owe it to yourself to check it out.